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March’s Top 4 Artisanal Provisions Picks

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Spring celebrations deserve lots of flavor. These picks from Shamrock Food’s newest Product Specialist, Mark Patel are sure to brighten up any plate. With 25 years in the restaurant industry, Mark’s picks are sure to light up your menu.

Tipperary Aged Irish Cheddar by Abbey Specialty Foods

County Tipperary in south central Ireland is the setting for this rich, creamy cheddar that hold just the right amount of sharpness. Made from the finest 100% Irish milk from grass fed cows all natural and no artificial additives or preservatives. Aged over 12 months, this cheese develops that deep satisfying flavor, and is extremely versatile in the kitchen. Fantastic for making an Irish Beer Cheddar Soup or equally to jazz up a specialty charcuterie cheeseboard served with a pint at the bar.

Finocchiona Salami by Olli Salumeria

A unique fennel salami seasoned with garlic, salt, fennel seeds, anise, oregano, and red wine.  Fourth generation Italian family producing small batch recipes that takes a unique old-world approach for perfecting salami through three main factors; meat, ingredients, and method of production.  Finocchiona is made with fennel pollen which has long been a pork enhancer of choice thanks to its aromatic licorice-like intensity. With time to develop through a slow cure production cycle and perfectly blended spices, this salami ultimately develops a complex flavor that is fresh and sweet. Made with Heritage breed pork, slow cured & string tied, 100 percent vegetarian feed pork that is raised without any antibiotics ever.  A fantastic edition in showcasing artisanal salamis to any charcuterie board.

Divina Roasted Piquillo and Jalapeno Pepper Spread, #4759971

A sweet and spicy Peruvian pepper spread that can be enjoyed as-is, spread on a sandwich or as a component to a dip, aioli or dressing. Roasting the Peruvian piquillo peppers adds a nice balance of caramelized sweetness to the spicy jalapeño. Piquillos translates to 'little beak' as can be seen by their pointed tip. Made in Peru, this product is Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, and Vegetarian. As Peruvian cuisine skyrockets in popularity, the piquillo pepper has emerged as one of its star ingredients.

Individual Tiramisu Mousse Cake by Galaxy, #1861091

“Tiramisu” means “pick me up” in Italian.  What a great treat to have on Mother’s Day.  This light and decadent individual dessert has layers of mascarpone mouse, espresso, and coffee sponge cake-lightly dusted with espresso powder.  A mouth-watering, treat living la dolce vita!

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